AFFECT: MEMORY, AESTHETICS, AND ETHICS International Conference Sept. 18-20 Abstracts due April 6 [UPDATE]

full name / name of organization: 
The Affect Project

- Call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference


18-20 September 2015, The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of English,
University of Chicago

John T. Cacioppo, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor, Department of
Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, University of

Ronald de Sousa, Emeritus Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto


Affect and David Hume: Amy Scmitter – Professor of Philosophy, University of Alberta

Affect and Charles Darwin: Daniel M. Gross – Associate Professor of English, University of California,

Affect and William James: Isobel Armstrong –Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies
and Professor Emeritus, Birkbeck, University of London.

Affect and Melanie Klein: Noreen Giffney –Lecturer in Psychoanalytic Studies, Birkbeck,
University of London.

From affect as a cognitive phenomenon, through emotion as a motive for creativity, to empathy as a spur for community action and policy development, to the feeling that we belong in a given physical, social or cultural environment, affect is a significant but complex feature of our lived experience. Research on affect has progressed rapidly in recent years, owing to an expanding appreciation of its central role in guiding human attitudes, decision-making, and actions and owing also to developments in technology that have permitted more precise, moment-to-moment measures of affective response.

This conference will accordingly provide the kind of multidisciplinary forum that promises to be particularly productive in exploring the multifaceted nature of affect and of its influences on culture and lived experience. The goal of the conference is to engage academics and students from a broad range of disciplines in discussions and explorations of the social, ethical, political and cultural impact of affect and on the expression of emotion in individual experience and in the public realm.

Suggested topics (in addition to the conference's overarching themes of memory, aesthetics, and ethics). These topics are suggestions only and are not intended to limit the scope of proposals for the conference:
--affect and public life, public policy, political events or practices (current or historical)
--affect in/ and history
--affect and images, caricature, cultural critique
--affect and the visual or performing arts
--affect and memory, regret, and nostalgia
--affect and social space; affect and the concept of privacy
--affect and alienation; affect and suicide
--affect and neuroscience
--affect and race, gender, sexual orientation
--affect, perception, and action
--affect and decision-making
--affect and attitude formation
--affect in relationships and social interactions
--affect and the practice of reading; affect and interpretation
--affect and religion

We invite proposals for individual papers or for panels based on the themes of the conference. There will be a limited number of travel awards available for students whose proposals have been accepted for presentation at the conference.

Online forms for submission to :

Note: Sending proposals in MS-Word format to for anyone having problems with the online submission forms is also acceptable.